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Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes are required by legislation to have evidence-based clinical programs. To support the implementation of evidence-informed clinical programs, Shaila Aranha, the LTC best practice coordinator in the Waterloo Wellington (WW) region designed and facilitated Communities of Practice (CoP). A CoP is a group of people with a shared interest who engage together in collective learning to support practice change (Wenger, McDermott & Snyder, 2002).

It is estimated that falls cost the Canadian health system $8.7 billion per year.

Older adults are hospitalized on average 22 days for falls, which exceeds other causes for admission in this population.

Nurses and other health providers have a central role to play in reducing these expenditures by leading and evaluating evidence-based falls prevention initiatives.

Parkview Manor is a 34-resident Long-Term Care (LTC) Home located in Chesley, in the South West Local Health Integration Network, Ontario, Canada.

As part of their LTC Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (BPSO) designation activities, they implemented five RNAO Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) over three years

The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,  is one of the largest LTC homes, with 200 beds for community members alongside 250 beds for veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War. Throughout its 119- year history, the Perley Rideau, as it is popularly known, has evolved continually to meet the needs of the people it serves.

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Mackenzie Health Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility is a 168 bed non-profit Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) home in Richmond Hill, Ontario. It is affiliated with the Mackenzie Health Hospital and managed by Universal Care, Inc. Mackenzie Health LTC has benefited from strong, supportive leadership, resulting in innovative practices, with 18 per cent of residents receiving hemodialysis services on site. They were one of the first LTC homes in Ontario to adopt the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain management, palliative care and responsive behaviour.